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November Update

(Note: This just in, Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year applications are now being accepted through the NASSP website. Go here for more information. – DGW)

What an exciting and valuable time we had at this year’s fall principal’s conference, “Telling Our Stories.” It was wonderful to see so many of you, hear our keynote speakers, and attend some of the sectionals. I hope you enjoyed the conference. This was the largest attendance we’ve had in years. A special THANK YOU to the conference leadership team – Clare Gauster, Heather Mildon, Adam Mokelke, Kelly Parsons and Jennifer Schmitz;  our many wonderful sponsors; and everyone who pitched in to help. If you would like to work on next year’s conference, please contact AASSP conference committee members Mary McMahon or Kersten Johnson-Struempler.

Thanks, too, to everyone who attended our President’s Reception and Larry Graham Aspiring Principal Scholarship Auction at La Cabana on Sunday night. The auction was a marvelous success. Our scholarship recipients will be announced soon.

Your AASSP Board of Directors had a number of important meetings during the conference. We bid a fond farewell to our departing board members and welcomed those new members who were elected during our membership business meeting – Dan Carstens (Region III), Kersten Johnson-Struempler (Region IV), Richard Dormer (Region V) and Lisa Prince (Asst. Principal At Large). A complete list of your current board is available here.

In other news, the BP Process Technology Scholarships are now being administered by the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. See all the details here. This scholarship is more closely aligned with their mission and we’re confident that they will do an excellent job in administering the scholarships. In the meantime, the Alaska Principal’s Foundation will continue to administer the BP Principal’s and Commissioner’s Scholarship program. More details on this program will be forthcoming soon.

I am passing along this request from the Alaska Council of School Administrators:

As you may be aware from a presentation at the recent principal conference in Anchorage, a statewide effort to develop a definition of college, career, and cultural readiness and success has been underway in Alaska for the past two years. This effort has resulted in a draft working definition of college, career, and cultural readiness and success.
We are now seeking principal feedback on the definition and its components.
If you would like to review the definition and give us your input, please click the link to the survey below.  It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1850499/ACCCRS-Definition-Feedback-Survey2
For more information about the college, career, and cultural readiness and success definition or the survey, please contact Ashley Pierson.

Have a fabulous November, everyone, and know that I am thankful for each of you and the wonderful work you do for your schools, your staff, your students and your communities.

All the best,

Denise